Nine’s trouble slots
As predicted this week Nine has pulled the poorly rating
Nanny 911 from its Monday night schedule and exposed its lack of
resources in the ratings cupboard. To plug the hole over the next
fortnight, programmer Michael Healey is slotting in one-hour specials
of the best of Bert Newton. Nine owns the copyright to Newton’s years
of appearances on its network.
back to the future and cocoonism! Bert will rate better than Nanny 911, which
started poorly two Mondays ago and then fell to just above 810,000
viewers last Monday. Few programs escape the axe when viewing figures
are this low, unless it’s a Saturday night or late in the evening (Like
Seven’s Last Man Standing and Boston Legal).
The 7:30pm slot is
probably Nine’s biggest problem along with the 5:30pm weeknight hole and the 7:30pm
Friday evening disaster area. Nine’s short-term approach isn’t working – it needs a show for the Monday timeslot that
will work like Friends did for years.
Last night’s TV ratings
Nine but it was a very close night, thanks to Nine News and A
Current Affair recovering their poise. Temptation won at 7pm,
making for a better 6 to 7:30 pm for Nine than Monday or Tuesday nights. Seven’s
Beyond Tomorrow had 1.36 million people at 7:30pm. CSI Miami at 8:30
pm beat Ten’s House by just under 1,000 viewers.
Seven’s 24 had 1.166 million
News & CA
||Nine News beat Seven nationally but Seven News won Sydney and closed the gap in Melbourne to less than 40,000 viewers. ACA was back in front of Today Tonight nationally and in Sydney
ACA was the most watched program last night! ABC News attracted 1.11 million
viewers, while the 7:30 Report (sans Red Kerry again) got 980,000 people.
Nine won nationally with 27.7% to Seven with 27.3%, Ten on
23.2%, the ABC with 15.7% and SBS on 6.1%.
A good comeback by Nine, but with Lost tonight, Nine